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Diogenes Laërtius

Birthdate: 180
Date of death: 240

Diogenes Laërtius was a biographer of the Greek philosophers. Nothing is definitively known about his life, but his surviving Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers is a principal source for the history of ancient Greek philosophy. His reputation is controversial among scholars because he often repeats information from his sources without critically evaluating it. He also frequently focuses on trivial or insignificant details of his subjects' lives while ignoring important details of their philosophical teachings and he sometimes fails to distinguish between earlier and later teachings of specific philosophical schools. However, unlike many other ancient secondary sources, Diogenes Laërtius generally reports philosophical teachings without attempting to reinterpret or expand on them, which means his accounts are often closer to the primary sources. Due to the loss of so many of the primary sources on which Diogenes relied, his work has become the foremost surviving source on the history of Greek philosophy.

„It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Xenophanes, 3.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 9: Uncategorized philosophers and Skeptics

„Another was, "Watch your opportunity."“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Pittacus, 7.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 1: The Seven Sages

„Very late in life, when he was studying geometry, some one said to Lacydes, "Is it then a time for you to be learning now?"“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

"If it is not," he replied, "when will it be?"
Lacydes, 5.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 4: The Academy

„It was a favourite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Theophrastus, 10.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 5: The Peripatetics

„Often when he was looking on at auctions he would say, "How many things there are which I do not need!"“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Socrates, 10.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 2: Socrates, his predecessors and followers

„Pittacus said that half was more than the whole.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Pittacus, 2.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 1: The Seven Sages

„He calls drunkenness an expression identical with ruin.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Pythagoras, 6.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 8: Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans

„They say that the first inclination which an animal has is to protect itself.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Zeno, 52.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 7: The Stoics

„Wealth is the sinews of affairs.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Bion, 48.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 4: The Academy

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„Anarcharsis, on learning that the sides of a ship were four fingers thick, said that "the passengers were just that distance from death."“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Anarcharsis, 5.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 2: Socrates, his predecessors and followers

„Aristotle was once asked what those who tell lies gain by it. Said he, "That when they speak truth they are not believed."“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Aristotle, 9.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 5: The Peripatetics

„Time is the image of eternity.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Plato, 41.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 3: Plato

„Xenophanes speaks thus:—
And no man knows distinctly anything,
And no man ever will.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Pyrrho, 8.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 9: Uncategorized philosophers and Skeptics

„Epicurus laid down the doctrine that pleasure was the chief good.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Epicurus, 6.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 10: Epicurus

„Old age is the harbor of all ills.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius

Bion, 47.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 4: The Academy

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